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Man recovering from bear attack in Marinette County

Photo of bear attacking cabin after the couple retreated inside.  Photo courtesy of Gerre Ninnemann via Fox 11 WLUK-TV
Photo of bear attacking cabin after the couple retreated inside. Photo courtesy of Gerre Ninnemann via Fox 11 WLUK-TV

MARINETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Marinette County sheriff's say a man is recovering after being attacked by a black bear.

Authorities say Gerre Ninnemann was in Silver Cliff at a cabin when he heard his dog barking Wednesday. That's when Ninnemann saw the bear going after his dog. He called the dog back and tried to run inside the house, but the bear ran Ninnemann down from behind and took him to the ground, biting him and clawing his back.

Ninnemann was able to get up, but the bear caught him and attacked him again.

Ninnemann's wife Marie tells FOX 11 she grabbed a gun from the basement and some shells, and her husband told her to shoot it. She said she never shot a gun before and didn't know how to load it.

That's when Marie hit the bear over the head with the gun trying to get it away from her husband.

The bear let go and Gerre was able to get the shotgun from Marie and used it as a stick, trying to poke it so they could get back in the cabin.

The bear continued to circle the cabin, and looked in every window. It didn't want to leave.

Sheriff's deputy Daniel Beauchamp arrived on scene and saw what appeared to be a juvenile bear in the driveway. The deputy got out of the squad car and once the bear got closer to him, the deputy shot and killed the bear.

Gerre Ninnemann was taken to a local hospital. We don't know his condition. However, officials say he had bite marks from his belt line up to the back of his head along with cuts and scratches.

The bear is being tested for rabies.

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